Formatting a Powerbook with MBP Discs?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MrMan112, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2005
    I'm got offered $250 from iFixIt for my PowerBook G4 and decided that I needed the money than a second/backup laptop. I've been preparing the laptop to be shipped to them. I got everything I need off the hard drive and went to format the hard drive using the CD's included that were shipped with the PowerBook.

    Only problem was that I could not find them. Rather than spend hours searching for them, I was wondering if it would work using the CD's that were shipped with my new MBP?

    Also, if this does not work, is there any other way without having the original discs?

  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    Cardiff, Wales
    The MacBook discs will be OSX for intel though, right?
  3. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If it boots (it may not) then you can use disk utility to format. You will NOT be able to reinstall the OS however.
  4. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    yeah provided you can get it to boot you can format the disk and overwrite it with zeros, but you certainly won't be able to install OS X on it though.

    i would think that you could get it to boot from the disc though, so worth a try.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Actually, I think I tried this once and it won't boot off the intel disk. Try it, but I don't think it is going to work.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2005
    I tried it... just like you said, it does not work.

    I ended up searching for an hour, and finally locating the PowerBook discs.
    Thanks for the input anyway.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    Alternatively, you could probably have booted the PowerBook in FireWire target disk mode, and used Disk Utility from the MacBook to format the PB, just as you would any other external HD

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